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Brian Smith – (Watercolour & Acrylic)

  • Very popular Artist Tutor currently based in Cumbria
  • Works primarily in Watercolour and also Acrylic, focusing on People and Architecture
  • Had a career of 25 years as a Freelance Illustrator in London,
    Then 14 years running a residential painting school
  • Lived in the Balearics for 6 years before returning to the UK
  • Exhibits widely
  • Watch out also for POP UP courses with Brian throughout the year – these will be promoted by our monthly email newsletter – subscribe here

“The simple materials of paper, paint and water give such pleasure when you let them play.” BS
Brian’s Day Watercolour Workshop courses are very popular, and we usually try to organise them so there are two or three in a row, so those who wish to can make a Residential out of them.

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“Really enjoyed the course. Brian was a great tutor & gave lots of useful info.”
“Friendly, helpful tutor, very patient!”
“More Brian please – he is the best art tutor I have ever come across for my needs.”
“Brian makes me feel like I can actually paint. And I am able to now in an uncomplicated way with much better results than I had before. I enjoyed his class so much.”
“Never felt I could do it until now!”
“I have gained confidence that I can paint something worthwhile. Thank you.”


Upcoming Courses

March 2018


March 20th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Tackle this challenging subject with Brian who will guide you through to a successful conclusion. Perspective and form stripped back and explained. Masterclass with limited spaces. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £77 includes lunch & refreshments 2nd of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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April 2018


April 29th at 18:30 to May 1st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Work from real-life in and around our Hall. A small canvas will allow you to capture a subject's essence without worrying about detail (figurative, landscape or still life). Be flexible, stretch yourself. Be guided to create atmospheric work with a narrative, broadening your skills. Brian Smith (Cotswolds www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164 A THREE NIGHT WATERCOLOUR COURSE with Brian follows - attend both courses, save £25. Brian only does RESIDENTIALS now, having moved South. Ceri Allen is now offering our…

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May 2018


May 1st at 18:30 to May 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For those wishing to push themselves we will work wherever possible from real-life, offsite (weather permitting) or around Higham Hall inside or out. Brian will show you how to play with your idea to improve its focus, create the atmosphere, detail or not, where and when and how to draw the viewer in. You have many choices when constructing your work, let him explain your options and help you lift your work to the next level. Brian Smith (Cotswolds www.highamhall.com/brian-smith)…

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